This is pure Syrah, done in a classy, confident style showing the dense, tannic, peppery fruit first and foremost. It hits you upfront with big, youthful, sappy flavors, then follows with barrel notes of toast, light leather, tobacco and roast beef. Very palate friendly.
Paul Gregutt is a Contributing Editor for Wine Enthusiast magazine, a founding member of the magazine’s Tasting Panel, and reviews the wines of Oregon and Canada. The author of the critically-acclaimed Washington Wines & Wineries—The Essential Guide, he consulted on the Pacific Northwest entries in current versions of The World Atlas of Wine and The Oxford Companion to Wine.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.